The flapper, as used in the US, tends to rot or otherwise wear out,
leaving the water running. Expensive when it happens as you leave for a
holiday, and only discover it when you return.
Give me the British system any time.
Water meters for individual households are common things in my
Water isn't truly free even on farms where people have their own wells.
have to pay people to put the wells in, repair them, and buy the
electricity to run them.
Central Nebraska, U.S.A.
You ought to pick where you buy your house more carefully. There should be nearby water, but not so close as you get flooded. Water is after all the most important thing to keep us alive. After air, but that's everywhere.
Surface water? I grew up on a farm with a little creek running
through it. Using it for drinking presents its own set of problems.
Runoff from fields and cattle lots would make it undrinkable without
treatment. Cattle on pasture walked through it. Pumping it from the
creek to the house wouldn't be free. Cleaning it enough to use wouldn't
be free. Water from underground is filtered by nature. It's much
handier and won't freeze up during the winter like our little creek
The Ogallala Aquifer is a gift for those in the Central U.S. It
gives people a chance to make farms more productive, and water for
towns. Not free, of course.
We had a creek too with most houses, including ours, dumping raw sewage
into it. You learned to keep your mouth closed when swimming. We did
pump it for irrigating the vegetables.
There was a dye works downstream. When they blew their whistle you got
out of the water fast or you'd be a pleasant shade of orange or whatever
other color was in the dye vat they were dumping.
I don't know. There was a show some years ago showing how things
tie together to make a modern invention work. It would show the host
a car, for example. Then it would go through the odd parts that had to
to make a complete car. A carburetor would be useless on a horse drawn
Link here if you're interested:
I always used to daydream about taking an item of technology back about
100years to help them kickstart some real progress.
I used to think that taking a car back about 100years would really help.
/But then cars changed - items like electronic fuel injection and engine
management would be impossible to understand or reproduce.
I did have a Vauxhall Viva when I used to daydream about this though.
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